The Butcher's Daughter
You can show up to The Butcher's Daughter in the West Village at 8:10 on Saturday morning and still not be the first one seated. The coveted corner banquette seat seems to be constantly occupied, but there are still multiple other seating options including the coffee bar, communal table, and two-person wicker shell chairs with a cafe table by the windows. Not bad for an approximately 600 square foot restaurant. The first time I visited The Butcher's Daughter was in Venice Beach on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Lured in by the greenery and bright white facade, I was tricked into eating vegetarian but excused it on account that I was on the west coast, and well, when in Rome. The fact that I came back in New York is impressive. I'm simply a gal who likes bacon. I have recently learned that I'm also gal who likes dining under the foliage equivalent of a Williamsburg roof garden. That's a lot of green. And I'm not the only one, which is why both the West Village and Nolita locations are constantly buzzing, even before the prime brunch hours of 1-3pm.
What you'll notice about the vibe is that it feels like you stumbled into a bohemian antiques store in the middle of North Carolina. Nearly everything is made of a natural material - wood, leather, and terracotta. The coffee bar looks like it has become home to dozens of stray plants, which I imagine employs at least one person full time just to keep watered. The space is bright, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is completely comfortable. You even begin to forget you can't order that side of bacon. Despite the warm and earthy design, I'm convinced the thing that draws people is the plants. It feels as fresh as your mint water tastes. You'll find below that the design isn't too hard (or expensive) to recreate at home, and the the fun is in the details and accessories.